Oh boy. We all knew that having a black President would very likely spur racist comments. And honestly, I expected racism to more definitively rear its head during the election. Instead, we've gotten things more along the lines of some crazy people "Obama's a Muslin!" kinds of things, mostly. Still, with Barack Obama in the White House for the next four--possibly eight--years, we can expect somebody to step in it, with some regularity.
The cartoon pictured here is one of those, "well, is it?" kinds of things. But one thing should be considered here. Political cartoonists have to know shading and nuance. They have to be very aware of all the different angles an issue or an event can be viewed from. Having this knack is the only thing that makes political cartoons work: finding the humor or novelty in the events of the day. So how did this artist not see how this cartoon could be interpreted?